Think back to the turn of the century. Not this past one. Go even back further to the turn of the 1800's. Every parent wanted their child to be more educated, more skilled and have an easier life than they did themselves. Whether is was because they came from another country or just wanted their children to have a better life than they did growing up.
So men and women hopped on that wagon train or bought a train ticket and headed west. Where it was a mans' world , most definitely. Very few women for the picking. Very few women wanted to be in Indian country or in the wild west as it were. Of course we had Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane, those were the exceptions.
It was hard life and a lawless one at that. If you were one of the very few, you got lucky by striking gold in them thar hills! Then made your way to San Francisco where you had a multitude of gambling houses to loose it all in the matter of one spin of the wheel. Most people made a moderate or meager living being farmers and ranchers. They worked hard and raised their families and made sure their kids got off to school, unless it was harvest time.
The kids grew up and joined the armed services in W.W.I then W.W.II and saw the world. Found that there was a better life to be had outside of where they grew up. Maybe they met the love of their life elsewhere and stayed. Did they go on to be farmers or ranchers like their parents? Most likely not, they became grocers, bankers, office workers, lawyers and the like.
Fast forward to present times. We still have families that have been farmers and will always be farmers and ranchers (Thank God, we all salute you at meal time). Now we have Loan Managers, Politicians, Tax Collectors and the list can go on and on.
Over the span of just my lifetime, I have seen the world begin to slowly change. Not to much as anyone would really notice, but it is slowly revolving, sort of a backwards progression if you will. Now people are looking for, and moving to, the mountains and valleys and going back to farming and ranching. People are looking for a simpler way of life. A less stressful, less complicated way of living.
So go West young man, or women. I can tell you right now, the West is full and so is the East. We need to go Central. So go Central my young friends! Go Central. Go where there is land and space and you can actually see the stars at night, because there are no city lights to block your view.